ORU recorded enrollment growth for the sixth straight year, according to a university press release.
There are 3,481 students this semester, topping last semester’s enrollment by 78. Compared to four year ago, 222 additional students call ORU home.
“We are deeply committed to continuing to create avenues for future students from around the world to gain access to our unique whole person education,” President William M. Wilson said.
Students have noticed the increase on campus.
“The first week I saw a lot more people walking around looking confused. So, they had to be either freshmen or transfer students,” junior Ryan Martin said.
Returning students have seen a change in demeanor among the newest members of the ORU community.
“It does not feel like the freshman class is much bigger in numbers per say, but they do have a new feel, enthusiasm and just a different heart. Most of the interactions I have had with this new class have had a positive feel,” said student Zack Ripley.
Senior Tanika Childs thinks the positive attitude among incoming freshman and transfer students is a result of the fiftieth anniversary celebration.
“When I came to school this year I saw so many faces I did not recognize walking around not knowing where to go,” Childs said. “I really think the new students are catching a vision that just was not taught when I arrived here.”
The growth comes during a university push for globalization.
“In today’s competitive higher education environment, I am excited to see the number of non-traditional, online learners joining our ranks, and I look forward to getting to know these students, as well as our traditional residential students, who made ORU their educational institution of choice,” Wilson said.
The university hosts students from 84 countries, 11 more nations than last year. Newly represented nations include Albania, Denmark, Malawi and more.